Wat to run for Richmond Centre Liberals

The BC Liberals announced Wednesday afternoon they have appointed Teresa Wat as their candidate in the riding of Richmond Centre for May's provincial election.

Wat is president and CAO of Mainstream Broadcasting Corporation (AM1320) and was named among B.C.'s Top 100 most influential women in 2010 by The Vancouver Sun.

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"I believe the upcoming election is too important to stand on the sidelines," said Wat in a press release.

"I want to be a part of the team that secures a strong economic future for British Columbians that will last for decades."

Wat will be carrying the BC Liberal flag in place of former Richmond city councillor Rob Howard who is the current MLA in the Richmond Centre riding after being elected in 2009.

Howard has decided not to seek re-election.

Wat is the former news director at Channel M Television, now OMNI.

In 2010, she was appointed to the Canadian Women Voters Congress Advisory Board.

"I am very excited to have Teresa join our team," said Premier Christy Clark in a press release.

"She will be a champion for Richmond Centre and B.C.'s

growing multicultural communities."

According to the BC Liberal Party's press release, Richmond school trustee Grace Tsang decided not to pursue the nomination for the Richmond Centre riding.

Instead, she accepted an appointment to serve in the capacity as co-chair of the premier's Chinese Advisory Committee.

"I have always been deeply committed to serving my community and my main interest is public service," said Tsang in the release.

"I'm pleased to be able to support and serve our province while continuing to serve Richmond as a school trustee. I know what Teresa brings to the table and I plan to fully support her in her efforts in her bid for upcoming election."

RCMP officer Gary Law had also expressed interest in representing the BC Liberals in Richmond Centre, but had yet to receive approval as a candidate from the party.

Earlier this month, Law said he had received threats about his bid shortly after approaching Liberal offcials to be considered.

Today, (Friday) he was expected to hold a news conference to discuss the situation.

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